Dimensions

Dimensioning in Style (with SOLIDWORKS Dimension Styles)

Often times, SOLIDWORKS Dimension Styles are passed without notice because it is quite easy to get the job done without using them. However, they can be used for dimensions that have very common notes attached to them. For instance, when I used to design automated…

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SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension

Sometimes you need to add a SOLIDWORKS Arc Length Dimension.  This can be done in both Sketch and Drawing environments.  The Smart Dimension tool, with the correct selections, is used to create a SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimension. Arc Dimension in a Sketch Within the Sketch environment, the…

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How to change a SOLIDWORKS Drawing Dimension Colour

Coloured Dimensions

When in the SOLIDWORKS drawing environment have you ever wanted to change the colour of a dimension or annotation in a view you just brought in as a model item (whether to bring attention to a certain dimension or due to use of colours in your company…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Show Feature Dimensions for the entire part

In SOLIDWORKS, it has always been very easy to show the dimensions for a feature: just double-click on the feature and presto: all the dimensions for that feature are shown. This makes it fantastically easy to edit dimensions without having to edit the sketch or…

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Set Dimension Value to a SOLIDWORKS Global Variable without Linking to it [VIDEO]

A SOLIDWORKS Global Variable is a useful way to keep a set of values linked to dimensions in your model so you can quickly make a change and all dimensions linked will be updated.  But perhaps you are adding a dimension and you just want to…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Set Multiple Dimensions to a Driven Status at Once [VIDEO]

Once again drilling down into the fine details of how SOLIDWORKS 2015 can increase efficiency within your workflow – SOLIDWORKS has given us the ability to set Multiple Dimensions to the “Driven” status at the same time. The following video will show you how to…

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How to Find SOLIDWORKS Intersection (Virtual Sharp) [VIDEO]

If you have ever needed to dimension to a virtual sharp (a point at which two lines would intersect if they were long enough), then you have probably done so by either creating construction lines so the lines intersect, or sketched in a point to dimension to (as my colleague describes in this blog article). While both of these methods work, they require the creation of reference sketch entities in a separate step. Of course, sometimes you get lucky and can sketch and dimension the lines to a sharp point before inserting a sketch fillet and maintain that relationship, but this doesn’t work in all situations. One of the nice new enhancements added in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the ability to select an intersection between two entities when…

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How to Auto Arrange Dimensions in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

The SOLIDWORKS Auto Arrange Dimensions tool seems to read your mind when choosing the right positions for placing selected dimensions. Finally you can use the model dimensions to detail your drawing, without having to waste your time manually dragging them one by one into the correct position….

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